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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

U.S. shoots down pro-Syrian regime drone, military says

The United States shot down an armed pro-Syrian regime drone Tuesday -- two days after the U.S.-led coalition shot down a fighter jet from government forces, U.S. Central Command announced.


A U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle shot down the Shaheed-129 UAV at approximately 12:30 a.m. "after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces," Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement.

The Air Force F-15 first intercepted the Iranian-made drone and shot it down as it continued to advance, the coalition said.

"The coalition has made it clear to all parties publicly and through the de-confliction line with Russian forces that the demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated," the statement said.

The incident occurred in the vicinity of conflicts with forces backed by Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, near the combat outpost in At-Tanf. That is where U.S. and coalition advisers are supporting a force to fight the Islamic State [so-called]...
 upi.com
20/6/17

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